homas KIRBY b. 1841/42 in Ireland.

He claimed to arrive USA via Port of New York in Jul 1872. It really my
have been as late as 1879.

He was in Chicago prior to being a Homesteader in Faulk County South
Dakota from 1882 to 1892.

He died 4 July 1907 in Chicago.

Wife was Maria Hays (Hayes) She was born in Ireland in 1852. d. in
Chicago in 1997.

They had four children born in South Dakota:
Josephine b.4 Oct 1882 d. 16Aug 1903 in Chicago. No off spring.
James  b.22 May 1884 d.24 Feb 1948 in Chicago. No offspring.
Theresa b.16 Oct 1885 d. 18 Nov 1949 in Chicago. No offspring.
Thomas b. 16 Mar 1888 d 20 Apr 1958 in Chicago. m. Dorothy MONAHAN 29
Nov 1911 in Chicago. Four children born in Chicago:
Thomas H. b.5 Sep 1912 d. 16 Mar 1914 in Chicago

Dorothy b. 7 Sep 1917

Francis Joseph b.4 Mar 1919 d. 25 Apr 1939 in Chicago

Robert W. b.2 Apr 1931

Can you help expand this family??

For 30 years I have been trying to get my Thomas KIRBY back to the old
sod.Maybe some day.

Thomas KIRBY b Dec 1841 in Ireland (S. DAKOTA 1885 census). Arrived USA
through port of New York in September 1872 (Citizenship papers). Died
Chicago 4 July 1907 (Death Certificate).
Married to Maria Hays(?). (Date and Place unknown)
Lived in Chicago prior to arriving at the homestesd in Faulk County
South Dakota in 1882.( Homestead papers) Returned to Chicago 1892. (
Faulk County deeds).
There were four children:

Josephine 1882-1903 Never married. No children.

James 1884-1948  Never married. No children.

Theresa 1885-1949 Never married. No children.

Thomas 1888-1958 Married Dorothy Monahan 1912. Four children.

It is possible that Thomas was from county Tipperary but I have not been
able to prove it.

Any ideas/help/thoughts/relatives???

Rip Kirby <



Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century.
Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography

page 559
KIRBY, EDWARD P., lawyer, legislator, jurist, was born Oct. 28, 1833, in Hadley, Ill. For two
terms he was the county judge of Morgan county, Ill. He served as a member of the Illinois state


American Biographical Library
The Biographical Cyclopædia of American Women
Volume II
American Biographical Notes
The Chicago Historical Society
page 238
KIRBY, EPAPHRAS, d. at Mobile, Ala., Sept. 15, 1839, a. 27; one of the editors of the
Mobile Register.

History of Cook County, Illinois

page 338
J. Kirby & Co Boxes 5,000 8,000 20

page 517
The various fire marshals who have held office since the inauguration of the department are:
George Herbert, appointed May 1, 1875; A. D. Waldron, appointed August 1, 1875--Mr.
Waldron had one assistant, Thomas Davies; Thomas Hogan, appointed June 10, 1878--he had
two assistants; first, M. Haley; second, William Kirby; Thomas Davies, appointed June 11,
1879--he had one assistant, H. Hackenbrock; Charles A. Pendleton, appointed June 10, 1881;
James L. Crapo, appointed June 2, 1883.
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page 563
There are several secular societies which meet in the village. Amo Lodge, Knights of Honor, No.
1,826, was instituted October 14, 1879, with fourteen charter members. The first officers elected
were: A. J. Davis, dictator; C. H. Pattison, vice dictator; R. D. Kirby, assistant dictator; H. L.
Pease, reporter; M. M. Barnes, financial reporter; J. W. Tinsley, treasurer; J. W. Halliday,
chaplain; William McDowell, guide; A. E. Hunt, guardian, and John Dutnall, sentinel. The present
membership is sixty-one, and the officers are: G. H. Chapman, dictator; W. L. Gray, vice
dictator; J. S. Scovel, assistant dictator; Hiram L. Pease,From whom these details were
procured.*reporter; Julius Müller, financial reporter; A. C. Kantz-let, treasurer; William Gill,
chaplain; E. Burns, guide; A. J. Davis. guardian; William Everett, sentinel; H. L. Pease, medical
examiner; J. C. Scovel, G. G. Thomson, H. L. Pease. trustees; E. C. Scovel, sitting past dictator.
There have been but two deaths in the lodge in four years, with an average of thirty-six members.

page 564
Wilson Hose Company, No. 4.--On June 18, 1876, Wilson Hose Company, No. 4, was
organized with the following members: J. Dirt, captain; W. C. Cogswell, lieutenant; J.C.
Mulcahey, first assistant lieutenant; W. H. Raxnor, president; D. B. Kirby, vice-president; Martin
King, treasurer; Henry Ellsworth, secretary; James Damey, steward; Sylvester Bracken, Thomas
Raynor, John Bracken, Robert Shirley, Joseph Mulcahey, George Troller, R. A. Seites and
William E. Gill, privates. The uame of this company has since been changed to Grand Crossing
Hose Company, No. 4; their apparatus originally consisted of one hand hook and ladder truck
and one hand hose cart. Their present engine house is situated at the corner of Dobson and
Seventy-Fifth streets, and cost $2,500; and the company now has a double horse hook and
ladder truck and one two-wheeled hand hose cart, with one thousand feet of robber hose; and an
auxiliary company of No. 4 has a hand hose cart and five hundred feet of rubber. hose. The
present menlbers of the company are: A. Hackenbrock, captain; R. F. Boos, lieutenant; F.
Hansen, first assistant; G. Hackenbrock, president; M. Wolf, vice-president; J. Mullen, treasurer;
O. Hansen, cashier; Joseph Roedel, secretary; T. Schlinsky, steward; J. Wodrich, O. A. Seidter,
T. Belton, William Ellfelt, Emil Seitz and H. Hatken-brock, privates.

page 680
WILLIAM KIRBY, merchant tailor, was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1851. He came to New
York in 1867, and the same year went to Lawrence, Ken., where he worked with his older
brother for one year, then started in business for himself. He made his first appearance in politics
in 1872, by writing an article for the Lawrence Standard, reviewing the political situation of that
year, pointing out the neccessity of, and the benefit to he derived from, united action on the part of
the Irish-American element of that place. It attracted considerable notice and resulted in the
formation of an Irish-American club, of which he was elected president. In 1873 he settled in
Joplin, Jasper Co., Mo. In 1876 he was chairman of a building committee that erected a Catholic
Church in that place. In 1877 he was waited on by leading citizens of the Second (the most
important) Ward of the city, who urged him to become a candidate for Alderman of said ward;
this he refused, but after much persuasion be consented. The law pertaining to special election
being overlooked by the Mayor, Hon. F. E. Williams, the election was declared void, and had to
be done over again, but he positively refused to run again, lest he should be considered an office
seeker. While there, he wrote some for the local papers as well as for the St. Louis Messenger.
Leaving Joplin in 1877, he located in Kansas City. While there, he was urged by some of the
newspapers and property owners to be a candidate for Alderman of the ward in which he lived,
but declined. In 1879 he started in business at Chicago, or as it is called, the Stock Yards. While
there he wrote a letter to the Emerald, which resulted in the formation of a Land League Club, of
which he was elected and re-elected vice-president; he keeps a good stock of fine goods, and
does the leading merchant tailoring business of the Stock Yards.

page 827
Assessors.--S.S. Campbell, 1851-53; Fergus Dickson, 1853-55; S.S. Campbell, 1855-56;
James H. Bendlett, 1856-57; Henry Reed. 1857-58; John Hackett, 1858-59; S.S. Campbell,
1859-61; William Jackson, 1861-62; Thomas Cooper, 1862-64; Adam Bran-dan. 1864-66;
John Moore, 1866-68; William Brandau, 1868-69; Charles Holstein, 1869-71; Charles
Brink-hortt, 1871-73; George Cox, 1873-74; Conrad Batten-house, 1874-75; George Cox,
1875-76; C. Battenhouse, 1876-78; S.S. Campbell, 1878-83; John Kirby, 1883-84.

page 827
Collectors.---William Myrick, 1851-52; Timothy White, 1852-55; H. N. Dickson, 1855-58;
John G. Bartlett, 1858-60; A. Briggs, 1860-61; Christian Andres, 1861-62; Conrad
Battenhouse, 1862-65; Charles Holstein, 1865-66; Charles Burkhartt, 1866-69; Conrad
Andres, 1869-70; H. Kirsch, 1870-71; J. B. Dickson, 1871-73; Barnhardt Gunderman,
1873-74; William Cox, 1874-75; Barnhardt Gunderman, 1875-76; Charles Holstein, 1876-77;
John Kirby, 1877-78; George McGregor, 1878-79; Conrad Battenhouse, 1879-80; John Kirby,
1880-81; Charles Kinnell, 1881 --83; Adam Gunderman, 1883-84.


Anyone have good information about these two?:

b. abt 1825 (VA)
d. ?
m. ?
b. abt 1825 (OH)
d. ?

Their descendents include:

1. Charles Edward KERBY
b. 3 July (?) 1854 (OH)
d. 23 Nov 1934 (IL)
m. 11 Mar 1877
Addie Jenettie MATHENEY
b. 17 Mar 1861 (IL)
d. 27 Sept 1944 (IL)

i Charles Wesley KERBY
b. 5 Sep 1880/81 (IL)
d. 1963 (IL)
m. abt 1900
Mary E. Stevens
b. 4 Dec 1881 (IL)
d. April 1966 (IL?)

ii. Fred Lee KERBY/KIRBY
b. 7 Nov 1877 (IL)
d. 22 Nov 1963 (OR)
m. (first) Ethel May LAWYER
b. 8 May 1885 (IL)
d. 11 Aug 1946 (OR)

Thanks for any help.  Please reply to Bill Kirby  

Anyone have good information about these two?:

b. abt 1825 (VA)
d. ?
m. ?
b. abt 1825 (OH)
d. ?

Their descendents include their son:

1. Charles Edward KERBY
b. 3 July (?) 1854 (OH)
d. 23 Nov 1934 (IL)
m. 11 Mar 1877
Addie Jenettie MATHENEY
b. 17 Mar 1861 (IL)
d. 27 Sept 1944 (IL)

and two grandsons (the sons of Charles Edward Kerby):

i Charles Wesley KERBY
b. 5 Sep 1880/81 (IL)
d. 1963 (IL)
m. abt 1900
Mary E. Stevens
b. 4 Dec 1881 (IL)
d. April 1966 (IL?)

ii. Fred Lee KERBY/KIRBY
b. 7 Nov 1877 (IL)
d. 22 Nov 1963 (OR)
m. (first) Ethel May LAWYER
b. 8 May 1885 (IL)
d. 11 Aug 1946 (OR)

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Looking for ancesters of Mary Kirby, b. abt 1854, IL. Father possibly,
Patrick?  She married Richard Merrick, b. 1846, IRE.  They lived in
Peru, La Salle Co., IL.  Any help greatly appreciated. Fran

I would like to make a correction on my info above.  Just received
Mary's death certificate.  Her father was Thomas Kirby, b. Ireland and
Her mother was Sarah Barry, b. Ireland.  Mary died Oct. 6, 1926.  Thanks
for any help. Fran

Fran Luby <


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